U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command changes command

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore relieves Vice Adm. William Hilarides as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a change of command ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) held a change of command ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on June 10.

Vice Adm. Thomas J. Moore relieved Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides who led the Command during the previous three years.

Moore graduated from the United State Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in math and operations analysis.

Since 2011, Moore has headed Program Executive Office Carriers where he led the Ford-class aircraft carrier program, as well as the maintenance, modernization and inactivation of carriers in fleet service.

Other assignments include serving as the director, Fleet Readiness and as major program manager for In-Service Aircraft Carriers. At the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Newport News, Virginia, Moore served as the overhaul project officer where he led the refueling and complex overhaul of the nuclear aircraft carriers USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the first year of the overhaul of USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Following the ceremony, Hilarides retired from the Navy after serving 39 years, including three as the NAVSEA commander.

Over Hilarides’ three-year tour, NAVSEA delivered a total of 19 ships to the fleet including the revolutionary USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first of the redesigned Virginia Class attack submarines and dozens of ships out of maintenance availabilities. From June 2013 – June 2016, NAVSEA executed 153,495 separate contracting actions totaling more than $88 billion.

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